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Asthma and Acetaminophen: What You Need To Know

Your child is coughing and has a running nose, their temperature is rising, and they have slight chills. It looks like it’s time to grab the Tylenol. Not so fast, there! Studies have shown that though Tylenol is a trusted name in reducing inflammation, it may be linked to asthma in children.

Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, has been shown to reduce a very important antioxidant in both the lungs and the blood. This antioxidant is called glutathione, and it is responsible for helping to prevent damage to cellular components.

Research done by the University of A Coruna in Spain asked the parents of 10,371 children who were 6-7 years old if they had been treated with Acetaminophen within the last year, and the children who had taken it were at a 70% great risk of Asthma.

However, some argue that this may be a correlation versus causation type of argument, stating that those with Asthma or undiagnosed asthma were likely treated with Acetaminophen as a pain reliever. They also argue that this was not done as a double blind study, but rather just a survey.

That being said, it is probably a good idea to look for alternatives to Tylenol, such as ibuprofen, when treating your children.

If your child does have asthma, we do offer a wide array of nebulizer medication such as Albuterol, Ipratropium, and Budesonide. We are more than happy to help you find the right medication through your insurance, by filling out our ‘Qualify Through Insurance’ form.  If you don’t have insurance, or have high deductibles, we also have a cash store where we offer these medications as well.

Please feel free to contact us, toll free, at 1-888-345-1780. Or if you prefer, you can always contact us on the web, here.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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